Post Baccalaureate Arizona Teacher Certification
Post-baccalaureate students who pursue certification within the Division of Art and Visual Culture Education will be qualified to teach art to K-12 students in Arizona, as well as in most states across the US, with minor adjustments.
Coursework for certification comprises 18 units of art and visual culture education coursework, plus required College of Education coursework and the student teaching practicum. Graduates qualify for the K-12 Art Specialist Endorsement on a Secondary Certificate for the State of Arizona. Students must pass the NES assessments in Art and Professional Knowledge-Secondary, and meet US and Arizona Constitution and Reading requirements for certification.
Students who are admitted to the certification option must hold an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university. This degree should reflect significant coursework in studio art and art history. Students who do not have sufficient art and art history coursework will be asked to take additional undergraduate coursework in the School of Art. All post-baccalaureate students are required to maintain a minimum 3.0 grade-point average in art and visual culture education and in education courses and to approach their work with the utmost professionalism, as described in the Teacher Preparation Programs Professional (TPP Professional Standards) outlined by the College of Education. All art and visual culture education students are affiliated with the School of Art in the College of Fine Arts.
The faculty is committed to teaching and mentoring undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, and graduate students who are interested in a career in teaching art and other related art and visual culture professions. We look forward to working with you as you complete your post-baccalaureate certification.
ADMISSION TO POST-BACCALAUREATE CERTIFICATION
Enrolling in the post-baccalaureate program requires that you be formally admitted by the University of Arizona and to the Post-Baccalaureate Certification Program in Art and Visual Culture Education. For application procedures, please visit our admissions section.
Students must retain an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher in Studio Art, Art History, and Art Education coursework, a GPA of 2.5 in College of Education courses, and a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
Students are advised by AVCE Division faculty. All students are required to be on the School of Art’s Art Education Listserv.
Students approach their work with the highest degree of professionalism, specifically in terms of coursework, personal and professional dispositions, and the Teacher Professional Standards developed by the UA College of Education.
ART AND VISUAL CULTURE EDUCATION COURSES
|Course #||Course Title||Availability|
|ARE 230||Foundations in Art and Visual Culture Education||Fall & Spring|
|ARE 431 |
or ARE 460
|Pedagogical Practices in Art and Visual Culture Education |
or Curriculum Theory in Art and Visual Culture Education
|ARE 438||Teaching Art and Visual Culture, Wildcat Art (involves the Saturday lab school)||Spring|
|ARE electives (9 units)||Choose from courses not taken: ARE 420, 425, 431, 434, 440, 460, 469, 476, 496A||Semester varies|
All courses above are 3 credits.
COLLEGE OF EDUCATION COURSES
|Course #||Course Title||Availability|
|ARE 300 (4 credits)||Classroom Processes and Instruction||Fall & Spring|
|EdP 301 (3 credits) |
or 310 (3 credits)
|Child Development |
or Learning in Schools
|Fall & Spring|
|SERP 301b (2 credits) |
or SERP 301a (2 credits)
|Mainstreaming – Secondary |
or Mainstreaming – Elementary
|Fall & Spring|
|LCEV 408 (UA South)|
|Methods of Teaching English to English Language Learners||Fall & Spring|
|LCEV 416 (UA South)|
|Sheltered English Instruction (SEI) Methods||Fall & Spring|
|ARE 493b (12 credits)||Student Teaching in Art and Visual Culture Education||Fall & Spring|
Selected courses are also offered during the summer.
All certification coursework must be completed before student teaching.
Application for student teaching placement takes place early in the semester prior to student teaching. A mandatory meeting is held during the second to fourth week of each semester for persons planning to student teach the following semester. Announcements of the meeting are posted via the Art and Visual Culture Education listserv and on the bulletin board in the Art and Visual Culture Education faculty office hall. After attending the meeting, students arrange an appointment with an art and visual culture education faculty member to determine a school placement. Student teaching is the capstone experience in the certification program. In addition to apprenticing in a middle or high school all day for a semester, it involves attending bi-weekly meetings with the university supervisor, completing assignments for the meetings, and completing the Student Teaching Portfolio. Unprofessional behavior will prohibit a student from passing student teaching.
ADDITIONAL NON-CURRICULAR REQUIREMENTS
All students must be fingerprinted in their first semester of coursework. Effective January 1, 2008, per Arizona State Statute A.R.S. ¬ß 15-106, all teachers and persons who are required to be fingerprinted to work in the classroom are required to have an Identity Verified Prints (IVP) fingerprint clearance card. Please see Information for Fingerprint Clearance Card for more details. Please allow at least 2 months for processing. The College of Education often schedules fingerprinting sessions. Fingerprinting can also be processed through the UA Police Department and city police departments
US/Arizona Constitution Requirement
This requirement can be achieved by taking one of the following:
- POL 210 (UA or extended U) or POL 201, 214 or 230.
- Pima College Course – POS 210
- The United States and Arizona Constitution Exams (Contact the College of Education Student Services Area or look at the Arizona State Department of Education website for details and dates.)
Arizona Educator Exams (Passing Scores Required)
Students take assessment exams in: (i) Subject Knowledge: Art and (ii) Professional Knowledge: Secondary. Please contact the College of Education Student Services Area or see the Arizona State Department of Education website for details and test dates. The AEPA website is: http://www.aepa.nesinc.com/
AVCE Portfolio Review
All post-baccalaureate students are required to undergo a portfolio review during their program. Portfolio reviews usually take place two semesters before you student teach. Additional reviews may also be scheduled. Students must pass the portfolio review if they are to be recommended for student teaching.
Certification to Teach in Arizona
UA Post-baccalaureate students who complete the coursework, pass student teaching and the Arizona educator exams, and have met the SEI and US/Arizona constitution requirements are recommended for a Provisional Secondary Teaching Certificate with a k-12 Art Endorsement. The certificate allows you to teach art to k-12 students in Arizona. Please see: http://www.azed.gov/educator-certification. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the Arizona Department of Education to fill out the required forms and pay the necessary fees for provisional certification in Arizona.
You are required to maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average in all undergraduate art and visual culture education and education course work. All students are expected to conduct their work with the highest degree of professionalism, specifically in terms of their course work, their personal characteristics, and their willingness to seek out opportunities to work with children in outside educational settings. You are expected to begin to think and act like a teacher in your course work. All class work is expected to be completed in a professional manner and students are expected to attend all classes and participate in art and visual culture education activities fully. Failure to act professionally and/or an insufficient grade point average will prohibit you from being recommended for student teaching.